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Jean Higgins
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Jean Abbett Higgins grew up in a family active in the Arts. Trained in design, Jean earned a BFA and MS cum laude from Syracuse University and taught at Cornell University for 6 years. As an assistant director of Crafts, she continued glaze research, organized workshops, judged shows and helped construct numerous kilns. She established her own studio, continued teaching and exhibited throughout New York until 1989.

Moving to Maryland with her veterinarian husband Bill dramatically influenced Jean's work. After designing their home, farm and gardens, she returned to painting in oil and watercolor until her new studio was completed. Grandually she merged the disciplines, determined to design pieces unique to the Chesapeake Bay region. The abundant wildlife on their farm and their felines, canines, and Connemara ponies became her models.

Today Glen Elm Studios attracts commissions of all sorts. An American chef used Jean's serving pieces in international competition in Paris. In 1996 she created commemorative plates for the U.S., Israeli, and Syrian delegations gathered on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 1997, Jean completed illustrations for Dr. James R. Rooney's update of his classic text "The Lame Horse". Her work can be found in collections across the U.S., Great Britain, France, Germany, the Middle East, Australia, and Japan.

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